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Hanoi Plans 1st New Vietnam Track For 70 Years
In Vietnam, "horseracing fans & gamblers will appreciate the news the country plans to build its 1st new racecourse in more than 70 years," reported bloodhorse.com. The new track (along with a state-of-the-art training center) will occupy a 125-hectare site at Soc Son (in the northern part of Hanoi) only 6 kilometers from the city's Noi Bai international airport & with a direct rail link from the city center. Racing "will take place on 2 days each week, while provision will be made for other leisure and sporting activities when there is no racing to ensure maximum use of the facilities". It will be the 1st time horseracing has been staged in Hanoi since 1898; initial investment for the project "is expected to be about US$60 million". At present, Vietnam has only 1 horseracing venue: Phu Tho Racecourse (also known as Saigon Racing Club) in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) which was established in 1932 under French colonial rule.